The Accepted Mask of Youth

I know that girl,
The one from school.
She’d never be,
Considered cool.

I know that boy,
With hand me down clothes.
Who was teased for them,
But was grateful for those.

I know that child,
Who never fit in.
He was too shy,
She wasn’t thin.

The teenage girl,
Teased by her peers.
Her day is filled,
With Hope and fear.

Hope for a friend.
To not be rejected.
Fear that she will be,
And have to accept it.

He has to act.
Be what he’s not truly.
Because if he doesn’t,
He’ll be treated cruely.

Being a child,
Is a difficult task.
When you won’t be accepted,
If you don’t wear a mask.

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I was shy and quiet and a bit of an outcast when i was a teenager and i always remember thinking, how much easier life would be if i was part of the “popular crowd”. Years later, i realized those “popular kids” had problems of their own just different than mine. Even though i wasn’t popular, I had the freedom to be “me” because i was willing to take the repercussions for being an outcast for what… i believed in. Those kids i envyed so much, had so much riding on being accepted and sometimes that takes away your freedom to be who you really are. I realized they were as much prisoners to “being accepted” as i was. Just in different ways.

Comments

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago


    Congratulations. Moving work

  • Thank you Donna! Very pleased! :)

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    CongrATulations on your feature nicely written and presented

  • Thanks so very much Bonita! :D

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

  • Roger-Cyndy
    Roger-Cyndyover 1 year ago

    Well spoken by someone familiar with wearing that mask…

  • You know me well mom! <3

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Bootiewootsy!! I am so pleased for the feature! :)

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

  • Annie Underwood
    Annie Underwoodover 1 year ago

    This is very nicely written. I work at a high school and while we’re a small school and our students are pretty supportive of one another, there are always kids who feel this way.

  • Thanks so much for reading Annie. I really appreciate it so much! :)

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Jainiemac!! This is awesome!! :)

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Excellent write! So true, kids can be so cruel, that’s why I was so proud of my daughter when she was in school. She would never leave anyone out, and invitted those kids to sit with her and her friends at lunch. I don’t think empathy is learned, but we sure need more people with it.
    Congrats on your Vavoom Feature, Ami!

  • Thank you Tori! You must be so proud of your daughter! Doing the right thing is not always the easy road. Good for her for being an incredible young woman! :)

    – Ami Wilber-Mosher

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